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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Because the store where I have been working is closing, I am now free to paint again.
To remind myself that I do love painting, this morning I stopped to look at some of my art work which hangs in my home. I took photos too.



The painting above hangs in our "spare" bedroom. I painted in in the 1980's as an exercise to learn watercolor. The original is a painting by Winslow Homer, "The New Novel". I love this one, because he is a watercolor genius and because the subject is so wonderful. Escaping into a book of fiction!


This painting is also a watercolor painted in the 1990's, when I was developing my own looser and joyful style ( though I didn't realize at the time that this style development was occurring)! At first I was disappointed in my struggle to capture the reality of the iris. Now, I love this with the multiple 'almost-out-of-focus' iris. Being near-sighted,with astigmatism, I think this is how I often see things....so in a way it IS my reality.

There is no reason to want to be an artist except that there is no way to deny what we are...the time to paint is today! [Except that I still have to go to work, do laundry and pack for the weekend trip to Minnesota to visit a lovely couple....son Andrew and "our" Mary! Perhaps I need to carry a small sketch book and graphite pencil...YES!]

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Wednesday evening note: I just pulled a newly-finished quilt from the dryer! This one was made mostly at work during the last year and a half, as a sample for the classes I taught.

Now back to packing for the trip tomorrow!

5 comments:

Laurie said...

Dear Lila,
I haven't visited in awhile, so I wanted to say I love your new banner!

I am sorry to hear the store is working, you really seemed to enjoy it there.

I love your watercolors, that top was is just beautiful. I need to escape into books more often.

Have a lovely trip and don't forget that sketch book!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I think as an artist we always need a sketch pad or journal with us. I write more ideas than sketches though! I love your paintings and I think you have a gift of capturing flowers and birds. Hope you enjoy your trip! ♥

Bettyann said...

Have a safe trip to visit your son..Glad you are now able to devote more time to your painting..take care..

Julie said...

Your "Winslow Homer" painting is wonderful! Why don't you do more people?

I'm sorry that the store is closing. I wrote you an e-mail on that.

Loretta a/k/a Mrs. Pom said...

That is the painting you did to "learn" watercolor??

It's awesome!

I'm sorry you are losing your job but very pleased that you are going to go back to painting.

Can't wait to see more!

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